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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

Two Weeks Until U.S. Passport Fees Increase…Don’t Delay!

Are you sitting around staring at your passport forms thinking “I should get a passport?”  Well if you need some incentive the current cost of a Passport in the United States for an adult is US$75 plus an additional US$25 “Acceptance Fee” for a total of US$100.

In two weeks, starting on the 13th of July the cost of a United States Passport jumps to US$110 plus a $25 acceptance fee for a total of US$135.

Why the two separate costs?  Because when you apply for a passport, you make two payments. The US$75 fee (soon to be US$110) is for the cost of your passport, the second is a fee paid to the facility processing your passport application (most commonly a US Post Office).

While I am not suggesting anyone jump for joy that the Government is increasing the cost of a passport, keep in mind that your passport fee is not only for the cost of the actual passport and its related infrastructure, but the fees also go towards helping U.S. citizens faced with a crisis overseas, such as disaster situations, being caught in a destabilizing nation or who are the victims of a crime overseas and need assistance.

If you you are renewing your passport and submit your renewal with a DS-82 Renwal Form you are exempt from paying the “acceptance fee,” however the actual fee for the passport will still increase from US$75 to US$110.

Along with the increase in Passport Book fees increasing, Passport Card fees will increase as well from US$20 to US$30, additionally Passports for those under the age of 16 will increase from US$60 to US$80.

I don’t tend to suggest travelers invest in a U.S. Passport Card often as the Passport Card is very limited in its scope of travel acceptance. The U.S.  Passport Card  is ONLY valid for land and sea entries into the US, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda.   The Passport Card is NOT accepted for entry into any of the afore mentioned countries by air, and is not accepted by any other countries for sea entries. I think it goes with out saying to point out that land entries from the United States are only possible between Canada & Mexico.

Remember folks, Apply Early & Apply Often for your passports!

Happy Flying!

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